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a after era alarming video surfaces. >> pelley: for the first time, hillary clinton answers the e-mail questions, saying she hoped conducting government business on her private account would make life simpler. >> obviously, it hasn't worked out that way. >> pelley: also tonight, two o.u. students are expelled, and another racist video surfaces. wait till you see who's in this one. were they playing his song? a verdict in the "blurred lines "copyright trial. and they come in car loads in hopes of seeing a sign from above. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: well, it's one of those stories that gets washington hyperventilating. today, hillary clinton explained why she used private e-mail to conduct official business as
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secretary of state. she said it was a matter of convenience, but routing the communications thier her server at home prevented some of the e-mails from being archived at the state department and allowed her to decide later when records to make public and when to delete. nancy cordes put the question to the former secretary and future candidate. >> reporter: clinton emerged from a speech at the u.n. to face a crowd of hundreds of journalists. she issues this mea culpa. >> looking back, it would have been better for me to use two separate phones and two e-mail accounts. i thought using one device would be simpler, and obviously, it hasn't worked out that way. >> reporter: clinton claimed that the private server she shared with her husband at their home in new york was secure and was never hacked and that she never e-mailed classified material. >> first, the laws and regulations in effect when i was secretary of state allowed me to
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use my e-mail for work. that is undisputed. >> reporter: federal regulations from 2009 require that federal records sent or received on private e-mail accounts must be preserved in the appropriate agency recordkeeping system but clinton didn't turn over her e-mails until this past december, nearly two years after she left the administration, and only after the state department asked for them. >> in going through the e-mails there were over 60,000 in total sent and received. about half were work related and went to the state department. >> reporter: the rest, she says, were personal, so she deleted them permanently. >> e-mails about planning chelsea's wedding or my mother's funeral arrangements condolence notes to friends, as well as yoga routines, family vacations, the other things you typically
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find in, in boxes. >> reporter: how could the public be assured when you deleted e-mails that were personal in nature that you didn't also delete e-mails that were professional but possibly unflattering? >> well, first of all you would have to ask that question to every single federal employee because the way the system works, the federal employee, the individual, whether they have one device, two devices three devices, how many addresses, they make the decision. >> reporter: republicans investigating the 2012 benghazi attacks were not satisfied with that and said clinton should turn over her server to an independent third-party neutral observer. but, scott, clinton said her private server will remain just that, private. >> pelley: noon see thank you. now let's bring in john dickerson. john, the partisans are going to believe what they want to believe. there is no chance any minds were changed there today so what difference does any of this make in hillary clinton's campaign for the democratic presidential nomination? >> reporter: i think part of
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that answer will come from whether we're still talking about this closer to election time. and that depends on when and how the issue comes up again, either when the state department releases the e-mails or congressional investigators do. the central question here is trust. hillary clinton today asked voters if they-- to trust her and the question is do they? the question applies not just to the way she handledded handled these e-mails but do they trust her in general when they see her explain her action. these kind of situations give candidates a chance to. some voters may make those judgments now, but between now and election day we should be sure there will be other moments where the same instincts clinton displayed today will be tested again, scott. >> pelley: in another big story today the university of oklahoma has expelled two students involved in that racist video we told you about yesterday. now, another video has surfaced. jericka duncan is in norman
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oklahoma. >> reporter: the students expelled today are accused of playing a leadership role in the racist video that has since tarnished the university. >> i did want to help out. >> reporter: senior lauren hartnett is a sorority member and knows many of the now-suspended sigma alpha epsilon members. >> it's very embarrassing for our campus, and it just-- i just wish that this was a bad dream that we could just all wake up from. >> reporter: cbs news has learned that nightmare started saturday night on a bus ride to an event celebrating the 159th anniversary of the fraternity. >> this is my bedroom. >> reporter: 15-year sae house member beauton gilbow expressed shock when we interviewed her last night. >> i heard the words. unbelievable. this is not-- this is not a.s.e.. >> reporter: but by this morning, this 2013 video surface
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of her singing lyrics to a rap song using the same offensive language she had earlier condemned. in a statement today she said, "i am heartbroken by the portrayal that i am in some way racist. i have friends of all race and do not tolerate any form of discrimination in my life." >> i hate that she did that, and i know that a lot of people probably will look at that differently because she was supposedly singing lyrics to a song, but it's never okay. >> reporter: will james ii visited his old fraternity house for the first time since both videos were leaked. he was one of the first black members of the o.u. chapter when he joined in 2001. >> this was our home and i don't think it's ever coming back, and so that is is tragic. >> reporter: the s.a.e. investigation is widening
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tonight. scott, leaders within the organization say several other incidents have been brought to her attention. >> pelley: jericka duncan reporting for us from oklahoma. today, for the first time, we saw what is essentially the confession that dzhokar tsarnaev wrote in what he must have thought were the last moments of his life. photos were shown at the boston marathon bombing trial. the note is scrawled inside the hull of a boat where tsarnaev was hiding. the words interrupted by his blood and the holes from a hail of police bullets. prosecutors say the bombing was revenge for the deathes of muslims overseas. tsarnaev wrote "the u.s. government is killing our innocent civilians. i can't stand to see such evil go unpunished." if convicted tsarnaev's punishment could be death. there was more fallout today from that open letter in which senate republicans attempted to scuttle any nuclear deal between
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president obama and iran. with more on that, here's our chief white house correspondent major garrett. >> reporter: vice president joe biden said he was offended by the letter. biden, who served more than 30 years in the senate said it was "beneath the dignity of an institution i revere." he accused senate republicans of trying to "undercut our president and circumvent our constitutional system." the letter authored by freshman republican tom cotton of arkansas and signed by 46 other republican senators warned iranian leaders if congress does not rat tie any nuclear deal, the next president or future congresses could revoke or modify it. democrats said republicans were siding with hard liners in iran. democrat dianne feinstein: >> it's shocking. i've been here for 22 years. i have never seen anybody do this. >> reporter: cotton, 37, is the youngest member of the senate. he served with the army in iraq and afghanistan and denied it undermining the ongoing nuclear
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negotiations. >> the congress must approve a deal for a deal to be lasting and congress will only approve a deal if it stops iran from getting a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: cotton's republican colleague, lindsey graham of south carolina, called the president dangerously naive. >> the president of the united states seems to embrace a construct that there are moderates to negotiate with iran running the government. that is beyond delusional. that's dangerous. >> reporter: president obama has vowed to-- has threatened to veto any congressional legislation that would require congress to approve what would be a multinational nuclear deal with iran, but scott all sides agree, only congress can lift the economic sanctions that drove tehran to the negotiating table in the first place. >> pelley: major thanks very much. overseas, iraqi forces say they are making progress in the week-old battle for tikrit, a city of i quarter million controlled by isis. u.s. troops are not directly involved. yesterday, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey, questioned
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whether the coalition against isis is in it for the long haul. tonight, holly williams has the iraqi response. >> reporter: after a week of fighting, iraqi forces claim they're closing in on tikrit. today, they seized the town of alam just five miles from the city. >> now we are surrounding tikrit from four direction. >> reporter: general saad maan of iraq's interior ministry dismissed criticism from america's top general, martin dempsey, of iraqi forces' lask readiness. >> we are not kids in our work. we have skills. we have a very big amount of experience. >> reporter: but in tikrit progress is painfully slow as isis fights back with weapons including mines and suicide bombs.
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this internet video appears to show an iraqi soldier sobbing for his fallen comraids after an isis truck bomb killed several of them. in the bloody battle for tikrit the iraqi government denied that troops from neighboring iran are fighting alongside its soldiers and says iranian officers are serving only as varieses. >> if there is a disaster in iraq, of course, it will affect iran. >> reporter: but if they retake tikrit, it may be a perfect crucible for iraq's deadly religious tensions to explode. the iranians are shiite muslims, as are most of the iraqi forces yet tikrit is a mainly sunni muslim city. >> there is no problem. we all of us are iraqi. there is no problem. believe me, there is no problem. >> reporter: but shiite muslim militias are already accused of massacring more than 70 unarmed sunni men after defeating isis
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in diyala province. the iraqi government says it's investigating what happened. >> pelley: holly williams covering the war on isis for us from baghdad tonight. holly, thank you. also today, isis released a video perporting to show a child soldier executing a bound hostage. unlike other isis videos, the boy there on the left and an adult militant were not wearing masks. there is no telling what isis was trying to communicate to the world by inciting a child to murder. a group of iraqis who worked alongside american troops are now suing the u.s. government because they say they can't get visas to immigrate to america. they claim that their lives depend on them. anna werner has one man's story. >> it's like anything else if somebody has your bark you get your back. >> reporter: captain doug vossen did two tours in iraq as an army officer and says the translator who worked by his side was also his protector and
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adviser. it sounds like he was literally guiding to you safety. >> yup. i'm 24 years old of one year of military training at fort benning. what the hell am i supposed to do in baghdad? i would have been dead. >> reporter: for many iraqis, working for the u.s. military could be a death sentence so most head hto hide their identities and use fake names. vossen's translator was nicknamed frodo. >> i remember hearing it for the first time. i'm like really seriously? >> frodo "yeah man and that's subzero." >> reporter: but vossen says the threat of are nude violence in iraq has frodo afraid for his life. he has received death threats and is now in hiding with his wife and three daughters. in 2008, congress recognized the danger to iraqi translators and created a special fast-track immigrant visa program to bring them to the u.s. applications were supposed to be turned around in less than nine months but frodo has now been
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waiting over three years and he's not alone. >> i have been waiting in iraq for over 30 months. >> reporter: katherine reisner is with the refugee assistance project. >> we see wait times of up to five and a half years. >> reporter: you've seen them far exceeding what congress said they really should be doing. >> absolutely. >> reporter: more than 6000 visas have been issued since 2008, but reisner says 1800 iraqis are still in limbo. the state department would not comment on the lawsuit. if the state department were to say to you, "look, we're doing the very best that we can," what would you say? >> i would say that's not an acceptable answer. >> reporter: vossen says he thinks about his friend every day. >> he was there risking lives when the united states government came calling and now, when he is at the end of his rope completely desperate for him and his family, we're not returning the favor. just not right. >> reporter: reisner says after years of being given no information from the state department, other than the applications are in
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administrative process, she hopes, scott that this lawsuit will finally get some answers for the translators whose lives they say are at risk here. >> pelley: anna, thank you very much. firefighters race to save a mother and her daughters. and a group of hit makers will have to give it up to marvin gaye when the cbs evening news continues. [ hoof beats ] i wish... please, please, please, please, please. [ male announcer ] the wish we wish above health. so we quit selling cigarettes in our cvs pharmacies. expanded minuteclinic for walk-in medical care. and created programs that encourage people to take their medications regularly. introducing cvs health. a new purpose. a new promise... to help all those wishes come true. cvs health. because health is everything.
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tell you there's a fine line between paying tribute to another artist and ripping him off. a jury in california says the hit makers who wrote "blurred lines" have crossed that line, and now they've got to give it up to the family of the late marvin gaye. here's john blackstone. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: the jury had to decide whether the biggest hit of 2013, "blurred lines" by robin thicke and pharrell williams, was a copy of the 1977 marvin gaye hit "got to give it up." the jury ruled the songs were so similar, that "blurred lines" was a copy of marvin gaye's work. gaye's daughter, nona. >> there was nothing else to do but stand up for him, stand up for his music, stand up when someone is going to try to pilfer and take something away. >> reporter: in court williams testified she was channeling that late 70s feeling when he wrote "blurred
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lines," but said "gotta give it up" did not consciously influence him. howard king is williams' attorney. >> the song "blurred lines" came from the heart and soul of pharrell williams, and no one else. >> reporter: richard bush is the gaye family's attorney. >> and throughout this case they made comments about how this was about eye groove and about how this was an error and how about this was about a genre. it wasn't. it was about the copying of "got to give it up." >> reporter: the jury awarded marvin gaye's family $7.4 million for the copyright infringement. scott, pharrell williams and robin thicke have each made about $5 million from "blurred lines." >> pelley: john blackstone in our san francisco newsroom, john, thanks very much. two teens foil a child abduction when we come back.
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>> pelley: we end tonight with one of the most famous signs in the world, nine letters long, and they all spell trouble for the folks who live nearby. here's ben tracy. >> reporter: if you come to hollywood, you better be ready for your close-up. and if you hike just far enough-- >> there it is right there. the hollywood sign. >> reporter: you get this view and likely a visit with this guy. >> my name is tom lebonge. i'm a counselor with the city of los angeles in hollywood, california. >> reporter: lebonge is an avid hiker and the unofficial ambassador of l.a.'s nine-letter landmark. >> god bless paris. thank you for the greatest gift of the stat uveliberty. how long are you here for? >> two wreeks. >> i do love tourists and i do
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love the people of explz i'm trying to solve this situation. >> reporter: the "situation" is this: cars people cars, people. all trying to reach the hollywood sign through a neighborhood home to 20,000 other people. this was once a little-known access point to l.a.'s griffith park. g.p.s. and the internet have now given everyone a map to shara jane schwartz's front door. she's lived here for 35 years. >> it's like inviting people to a public pool where there's no lifeguard. >> reporter: she's documented the mahem, narrow streets lined with tour buses and cars, and hordes of people walking in between them. some weekends 10,000 people walk past her house. is your concern really safety or is it just flat out annoying having all these people in cars in your neighborhood? >> believe me, i wouldn't be doing that if it was just an inconvenience. until they can figure out how to make this place safe, this should all be shut down. >> reporter: the city has restricted parking. there's a guard to keep an eye
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on things. and big signs trying to throw sign seekers off the trail but this hike is in a public park, and the city says it should stay open. >> i'm for the public. >> well, but the public, if they get run over in the street, that's not being for the public. >> reporter: ironically, the sign was put up in 1923 to attract the public. homeowners for a new neighborhood called hollywoodland. >> have you gone up to the sign yet? >> reporter: but it's the shorter version worthy of a selfie that's now causing so many strife. >> on the bucket lifts, i guess. >> reporter: ben tracy, cbs news hollywood. >> pelley: hooray for hollywood. that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news, all around the world good night.
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dr. phil on his explosivee ccnfrontation with bobbi kristina's boyfriend. >> it was totally out of control. phil explains how the intervention nearly came to blows. >> deep breath. come here, sit down. nick. >> was he sober? >> not at all, high as a kite. >> we have new footage and new details on the behind the scenes drama. the concerns over nick gordon's role in chrissy and whitney's life. >> whitney's dead. bobbi kristina's in a coma. he said, i feel terribly guilty about that. >> i'm scared to lose chrissy. >> we're with "bachelor" chris talking about the twist with the new bachelorette. or should we say bachelorettes. >> exactly. >> why some former contestants are upset.


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